We have been supporters of Morbid Anatomy for some years now, even pledging to crowdfunding campaigns like the one dedicated to the outstanding Morbid Anatomy Anthology. We feel that a project like The Morbid Anatomy Museum will awake your interest, are you ready to explore the intersections of art and medicine, beauty and death?
What is Morbid Anatomy?
It is a non-profit institution dedicated to the exhibition of artifacts and ideas which fall between the cracks of high and low culture, art and science, beauty and death.
What’s the origin of The Morbid Anatomy Museum?
Morbid Anatomy began as a website by artist and independent scholar Joanna Ebenstein in 2007. Later it expanded to include the open-to-the-public Morbid Anatomy Library, and Morbid Anatomy Presents, which has produced hundreds of lectures and workshops covering such topics as books bound in human skin, postmortem photography, forgotten mail-order smut, pre-cinematic fright shows, 18th century Italian anatomical waxes, Victorian hair art jewelry…
What has inspired The Morbid Anatomy Museum?
It takes as sources inspiration the curio-cabinets and 19th century popular museums that gave spectacle, pleasure and curiosity equal primacy with education.
Where is it located?
The Morbid Anatomy Museum is located in a 3-floor, 4,200 square foot building in the Gowanus, Brooklyn (NY, USA).
What does The Morbid Anatomy Museum have to offer?
- An enlarged, beautiful library to house their collection of over 2,500 books.
- An exhibition space to showcase the permanent collection.
- A space for temporary exhibitions.
- A new lecture and event space.
- A café serving espresso and pastries seven days a week (with plans to expand to a full bar).
- A gift shop with Morbid Anatomy’s merchandise, taxidermy, waxworks, curiosia and obscure books from around the world.
- More publications by Morbid Anatomy Press.
- A film branch, with filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas of The Midnight Archive.
- A rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a cocktail while taking in breathtaking views of industrial Brooklyn and the mighty Gowanus.
May I get involved?
There is a ongoing crowdfunding campaign until 3rd May, for further information just have a look at the video below.
Isn’t it amazing? We would like to wish the best of luck to this initiative and invite you all to learn more about it and get involved!
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